Teaching With A Sense Of Purpose
Why did you enter the teaching profession?
Perhaps you were inspired by an incredible teacher and wanted to make the same kind of positive impact on others. Or, it may be that the reverse is true for you.
One of our most fundamental human needs is to have a sense of significance. Having a purpose in life is one of the things that help us keep going. Teaching is widely regarded as one of the professions that have a great purpose.
The intention and purpose of teaching is to help children acquire the knowledge, skills and wisdom necessary to understand the world around them. The purpose of education is also to help children embrace lifelong learning. And the purpose of teaching is to empower students to have better lives, and lead with compassion.
One of the most challenging aspects of being a teacher is that we must be able to see the forest and the trees at the same time. Teaching children requires immense patience and passion
Good teachers should enable their students to think about the use of thinking and learning routines. Teaching children requires a teacher to be driven by purpose alongside a solid set of skills which should be ever-evolving. When teachers don’t enhance their own knowledge and skills, it is the most significant deterrent for a child’s learning. Someone who wants to cultivate a growth mindset should first recognise that he/she has a fixed mindset (at times) for something or the other, because all of us are on a continuum and no one is perfect.
One of the most challenging aspects of being a teacher is that we must be able to see the forest and the trees at the same time. Teaching children requires immense patience and passion. Students will make mistakes, and teachers should be mindful that they shouldn’t be treated as incompetent. Instead, look at them as opportunities for learning.
Teachers don’t just teach. Teaching is an identity in itself. Teachers are nation builders.
This article is written by Siddharth Rajgarhia, Chief Learner-Director, Delhi Public School, Nashik, Varanasi & Lava Nagpur
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